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THIS IS NOT THE INTRODUCTION > So what's the bad news?

So what's the bad news?

Well, since I wrote Photoshop 7 Down & Dirty Tricks, I've received literally thousands of gracious letters from people all around the world who had bought the book, telling me how much they learned from it (it was translated into ten languages, including Chinese, Russian, Japanese, and of course, the languages of love). As an author, I can't tell you how fulfilling it is to get that kind of feedback. But the bad news is, after they have this new book and try all these all-new, much cooler, never-shown-before techniques, they'll look back at that (once beloved) book and think, “What a piece of crap!” (They'll actually think of a different word. Stronger, but with the same number of letters.)

…I had to trash every technique from the Photoshop 7 version of this book and start from scratch, creating entirely new cutting-edge effects.


That's because that book reflected what was happening a year and a half ago (when I wrote it). Back then, it was cool—it reflected what was happening in 2001. But now, those effects have been done to death. They're tired. Played. So yes, I know full well that you're going to look at that old book with total disdain, and yes, on some level, it hurts (me anyway), but it's part of our growth. Part of our walk down this path, which leads to a world of enlightened and totally unbridled special effects that dare not speak its name.

So now that you know what my plan was in creating this new version, it's time to look at how this book works:

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